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By Ian Parker

This sensible consultant introduces scholars to the most recent theoretical ways in ethnography, interviewing, narrative, discourse, and psychoanalysis and brings them not just modern yet additionally past the bounds of mainstream mental study tools. Interwoven with conceptual concerns and methodological frameworks are forty four sections outlining key matters within the improvement, software, and review of qualitative examine equipment. through reviewing key debates, scholars may be able to discover the issues with specific qualitative equipment taught in psychology today—and use greater how you can perform their craft.

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Further reading Haug, F. ) (1987) Female Sexualization. London: Verso. Newman, F. and Holzman, L. (1997) The End of Knowing: A New Developmental Way of Learning. London: Routledge. Walkerdine, V. (1990) Schoolgirl Fictions. London: Verso. BL2105 ch 04 4 26/10/2004 8:22 PM Page 36 Ethnography Ethnography can enable us to describe the self-representations a ‘community’ assumes and refuses in its relations with others. g. Bowers 1996). However, the history of ethnography is a history of observation, interference and control, intertwined with the history of colonialism; for the ruling of others was much more efficient when it was possible to understand better local ‘native’ perceptions of the colonizing power (Clifford and Marcus 1986).

G. Walkerdine 1990) has also offered alternative ways of making visible what is usually overlooked in research. Now the account is not simply a confession about what one feels, but an address to another and an attempt to explain to them how this subjective experience may have come about. The key point about this move from a first person to a second person account in the research is that we emphasize the position of the researcher. The position of the researcher is the structurally-constituted research subjectivity that has enabled some things to happen in the research and perhaps closed down other things.

Transparency as theory The role of theory in the production of apparently transparent research description connects with long-standing ethical debates in philosophy. BL2105 ch 02 26/10/2004 8:21 PM Page 19 ETHICS 19 One example is the distinction between means and ends, and the debate as to whether it is right to do things that are in themselves morally objectionable (the means) in order to bring about some future good (the ends). Psychology has traditionally opted for the position that a little deception now and then will in the long run produce beneficial results.

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